11 in 4

21.Nov - 08.Jan 2018

With 11 gallery artists in four rooms Galerie VON&VON is presenting the very substantial winter exhibition “11 IN 4”. The diversity of the artists exhibited is reflected in the complexity of their materials and their works.

Room 1 displays pieces in wax and wood by Josef Hirthammer as well as innovative wood work by Alfred Haberpointner which create a rhythm totally of their own. The reduced works by Leszek Skurski, casually, almost nonchalantly, invite the viewer to sense limitless expanses, while Mirko Schallenberg’s mostly rectangular works focus especially on objects and their detailed representation.

Edite Grinberga shows rooms flooded with light in which, thanks to the hyper-realism of her works, one can so easily lose oneself, only to re-awaken in Room 2 through the fresh and animated work of the established artist Leif Trenkler – “The Tournament”. The enormously bright choice of colors especially typical of Trenkler simply have to be experienced at first hand, in situ, so to speak. On the opposite side of the room are works in paper by Miriam Vlaming from her new series “This Is No Ordinary Love”, one of the most important representatives of the New Leipzig School, which take human relationships as their theme in a slightly exaggerated romantic way. 

Alfred Haberpointner

OHNE TITEL

Spruce wood & stain

170 x 170 cm

Alfred Haberpointner

OHNE TITEL

Aspen wood & stain

39 x 19 x 28 cm

Constantin Schroeder

SOLITUDE

Oil on canvas

110 x 100 cm

€ 7.300,00

Constantin Schroeder

BOXER

Oil on canvas

150 x 150 cm

€ 10.200,00

Constantin Schroeder

EDITION ‚ASTRONAUT‘

Edition of 46, 3-color hand screen printing on laid paper (Somerset Satin 300 g/m²)

112 x 76 cm

€ 800,00

Josef Hirthammer

10 BLACK

Graphite pencil on canvas

200 x 150 cm

€ 16.000,00

Josef Hirthammer

DIE ZARTEN WEISSEN

White pencil on cardboard

48 x 68 cm

€ 6.000,00

Josef Hirthammer

ENGELSKOPF

Cast stone

50 x 40 x 30 cm

€ 3.000,00

Josef Hirthammer

Flower 106

Pencil, acrylic on canvas

70 x 50 cm

€ 3.900,00

Josef Hirthammer

LEBERBLUMEN

Photo, wax on wood

60 x 40 x 10 cm

€ 3.900,00

Josef Hirthammer

NEARLY WHISTERED

Colored pencil on canvas

80 x 60 cm

€ 4.500,00

Josef Hirthammer

NELLA

Photo, wax on wood

40 x 30 x 10 cm

€ 2.900,00

Josef Hirthammer

WHITE ONE

Photo, wax on wood

75 x 50 x 15 cm

€ 4.500,00

Josef Hirthammer

WIESENKOPF

Photo, wax on wood

75 x 50 x 15 cm

€ 4.500,00

Leif Trenkler

ABENDSTIMMUNG

Oil on wood

50 x 40 cm

€ 6.300,00

Leif Trenkler

DER BESUCH DER SCHÖNEN DAME

Pigment print on Hahnemühle paper

80 x 60 cm

€ 790,00

Leif Trenkler

HEAT (SILENCE)

Fine art print on Hahnemühle paper, edition of 49, hand signed

80 x 60 cm

€ 790,00

Leif Trenkler

SUNSET BEACH (FLORIDA)

Oil on wood

50 x 40 cm

€ 6.300,00

Michael Dohr

PLAYA DE FUFU

Oil, acrylic, spray on canvas

120 x 300 cm

€ 12.000,00

Miriam Vlaming

JUST AN ILLUSION

Egg tempera on canvas

100 x 70 cm

€ 10.200,00

Miriam Vlaming

MANA

Egg tempera on canvas

160 x 120 cm

€ 16.800,00

Miriam Vlaming

QUEENS OF THE DAY

Egg tempera on canvas

128 x 98 cm

€ 13.600,00

Miriam Vlaming

SISTERS II

Egg tempera on canvas

200 x 170 cm

€ 22.200,00

Olivier Aubry

BABYLONE

Oil on canvas

146 x 114 cm

€ 4.600,00

Olivier Aubry

HENRI VIII

Oil on canvas

146 x 114 cm

€ 4.600,00

Olivier Aubry

PARIS DOW JONES

Oil on canvas

146 x 114 cm

€ 4.600,00

Olivier Aubry

POCO FORTE

Oil on canvas

138 x 114 cm

€ 4.600,00

Olivier Aubry

WEEK TWO

Oil on canvas

146 x 114 cm

€ 4.600,00

Leszek Skurski

ORKAN

Acrylic on paper

70 x 50 cm

€ 3.300,00

Leszek Skurski

AUGENZEUGEN

Oil on canvas

120 x 100 cm

€ 7.500,00

Leszek Skurski

BASIC EXPERIENCE

Acrylic on canvas

100 x 150 cm

€ 8.000,00

Leszek Skurski

DIVERSITY

Oil on canvas

60 x 80 cm

€ 4.800,00

Leszek Skurski

DOPPELFUNKTION

Oil on canvas

80 x 130 cm

€ 7.100,00

Leszek Skurski

PROBABLY

Oil on canvas

110 x 180 cm

€ 9.900,00

Leszek Skurski

PULLOUT

Acrylic on paper

70 x 100 cm

€ 4.700,00

Leszek Skurski

Orange Harbor

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 80 cm

€ 4.800,00

Room 3 finds Ryo Kato approaching the man-nature theme in a garish and expressive manner, whereas Kay Schwarz combines elements of Street Art with allusions to Goethe and plays with the principal of revelation and concealment. 

Room 4 presents collage-like works by Michael Dohr, which reveal how they, too, have been influenced by Street Art. Contemporary positions regarding drawing are reflected in the work of Constantin Schroeder as well as Olivier Aubry, who explores the boundaries between painting and drawing and whose numerous works, through the Petersburg Hanging, interact with each other while also creating a sense of unity and wholeness. 

The exhibition offers the visitor a comprehensive insight into large areas of the Gallery’s program; seeing such hugely diverse contrasts and stylistic trends in one and the same exhibition is bound to prove enormously thought-provoking.

Alfred Haberpointner

Salzburg-born sculptor Alfred Haberpointner creates wooden sculptures that oscillate between an abstract, geometric form and a figurative image. With his work series spanning over the last two decades, Haberpointner proves how he has innovatively dealt with wooden materials and freed himself from the roots of craft-based, naturalistic wooden sculpture. In his "chopped images," he gives the wooden material an intense presence through systematic, rhythmic sections, which emerge through close observation and exploration of the textured surfaces and result in a dance between light and shadow. He is concerned with form in his works, particularly in the treatment of wood in all possible nuances and shadings. In each of his artworks, one can see the traces of the work process: Haberpointner subjects his reliefs and sculptures to a powerful, mechanical work process that leaves traces on the works. Through beating, chopping, and burning, textures emerge that give the works a relief-like surface, which lacks any mathematical precision and exudes a special aura. Alfred Haberpointner is represented in major art collections, such as the Würth Collection.


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Josef Hirthammer

Josef Hirthammer has been working as a visual artist for over 40 years. His œuvre is extremely complex and defies categorization. The broad artistic range is reflected in the different design mediums, such as painting, drawing, photography, digital painting, sculpture, and installations. In terms of content, Josef Hirthammer focuses on portraits as well as ecological and philosophical themes, which he approaches through his work series. He is an outspoken nature enthusiast who transforms his encounters with nature into art objects. He is primarily interested in the producing, generating, creative, and active nature, which becomes effective from itself and which in the philosophical tradition has been equated with the source of all finite things. The artist, who lives and works in Fürth, views nature as a macro- and microcosm of its own with a unique aesthetic. This way of thinking provides him with inspiration for his works of art.


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Leif Trenkler

Leif Trenker, a graduate of the Städelschule in Frankfurt, is considered an important initiator of the New Figuration movement in Germany. In his works, which oscillate between realism and surrealism, the artist, who lives and works in Cologne, examines the effect of light and shadow on architecture, landscapes, and figures. There is deliberately no clear differentiation between fiction and reality, which becomes evident in the expressive and intentionally overdriven use of color in his pictorial worlds. Thus, through a poetic sense of reverie, he disrupts the ordinary, architectural, or natural space and draws in an exciting, fantastical dimension, where the mere visual quality fascinates and at the same time represents his unique style. His paintings on birch wood are instantaneous moments, where figures are mostly depicted in the foreground. Thematically, his work focuses on childhood memories, street and nature views, and scenes of everyday life and parties.


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Miriam Vlaming

In Miriam Vlaming's large-scale paintings in egg tempera, the painter breaks down the boundaries between man and nature as well as past and reality. She creates a harmonious symbiosis between these supposed opposites through hazy layers created by the application and removal of paint. In doing so, she allows the depicted figures to emerge from a natural, dreamlike environment. Through this aesthetic, Vlaming opens the viewer's eyes to the multifaceted aspects and philosophical questions of being human, which she addresses in her paintings. Miriam Vlaming always has the overall picture in mind in her mysterious pictorial worlds. She plays with ambiguous metaphors. “Disruptions and contradictions interest me ... the moment after or before something has happened...not the history." Her egg tempera paintings satisfy a deep human need for knowledge. The important member of the New Leipzig School studied at times with Neo Rauch. She was a master’s student under the direction of Arno Rink and is represented in numerous public and private collections.


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Michael Dohr

The relationship between man and nature is the central aspect of Michael Dohr’s work. In his often large-scale works, he addresses the merging of nature and technology. While considering this central theme, he works in an exciting alternation between abstraction and figuration. This is accompanied by deliberately contrasting pictorial elements, which are executed in a photorealistic manner, and non-representational, gesturally applied color sections. Grisaille elements that convey a metallic coolness are accompanied by bold colors and are unmistakably influenced by street art. Between the stencils, paste ups, and graffiti, the viewer can identify brushstrokes that reveal a dynamic application of paint. The paint drips and blots follow the principle of coincidence, and all the pictorial elements together evoke an emotional intensity by referencing the essential intention of street art: the disruption of public order as an indication of injustice.


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Constantin Schroeder

Constantin Schroeder's figurative paintings are impressive, moving images with a profound sense of depth. His pictorial protagonists are fascinating characters that never let us go. Internalizing the present with all its complexities, he uses a very reduced color palette. Mostly executed in large formats, the scenes captivate the viewer with their characteristic narratives. Schroeder reaches deep into the archive of the human psyche. His works reveal an enigmatic iconography, which includes young heroes posing interpersonal mysteries. The artist, who lives and works in Berlin and studied theology, philosophy, and art history, also illuminates the darker sides of life in an extraordinary, hyper-realistic style. These are powerful images that captivate us with their enigmatic pictorial content. Schroeder leaves some parts of the image white, which allows the viewer to develop his or her own interpretation and understanding of the image through open associations.


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Olivier Aubry

The art of the artist Olivier Aubry, who lives and works in Lille, oscillates between the boundaries of painting and drawing. Drawing was always a medium that provided him with a starting point. He describes it as his "daily exercise", which underlines the spontaneous character of his works. Each picture has its own harmoniously balanced color combination. By allowing deeper layers of color to remain visible at the edges of the canvas, an exciting interpretive field of positive and negative space emerges. This gives the drawings the appearance of engravings that have been etched onto the canvas. Oliver Aubry's works create dialogues between linear forms. Because of the ephemerality and complexity of our globalized society, he wants to create a counterbalance and something that lasts. His goal is to crystallize an essence. In order to achieve this, he utilizes a universally comprehensible, almost childlike, anti-perfectionist visual language.


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Leszek Skurski

A vast, seemingly infinite plain forms the foundation for the scene: As if from nowhere, people appear on the surface of the image. They emerge from layers rich in nuances of light white or hazy gray, leaving plenty of room for interpretation. The artist Leszek Skurski, who is a native of Poland, repeatedly devotes his paintings to figurative storytelling. In his works, he depicts many stories, that remain open-ended and allow the most diverse interpretations. They are paintings depicting narratives that seem to have paused or stopped in action, and Skurski captures these forms with a narrative density. Many evanescent moments of our existence and interactions are captured on the canvas like excerpts or snapshots between their occurrence and disappearance. Hence, the images of the artist, who lives and works in Fulda, are reminiscent of film stills or still images that outline a content, character, or mood. 


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